˗ U+02D7, ˗
MODIFIER LETTER MINUS SIGN
˖
[U+02D6]
Spacing Modifier Letters ˘
[U+02D8]
Form for tone or retraction.
Alt form for retraction.
Glyph variants

Translingual

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Alternative forms

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Glyph for retraction may have serifs to distinguish it from a hyphen

Symbol

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˗

  1. (IPA, dated, after a letter with a descender) retracted articulation.
  2. (IPA, dated) a mid, level tone.

Usage notes

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(tone): The mark is placed before the word or syllable that bears the tone. This symbol is effectively obsolete, having been replaced by Chao tone letters and tone diacritics.

(retraction): More recently, the diacritic tends to be placed above the letter with a descender, but in Unicode this is not distinguished from a macron. See ◌̄.

Synonyms

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See also

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